Look out, NJ—spring fever is about to hit hard! After a brutally cold winter, we never thought we’d see green grass, sunshine and temps above 40 degrees again, but it’s time to trade in our snow boots, shovels and slush for fresh air, outdoor fun and festivals. What are you and your kids most excited to do this spring? Here are 25 fantastic activities we're looking forward to enjoying in the coming weeks:
This simple idea is a great way to re-use all those plastic eggs the Easter Bunny may leave behind. All you need is a permanent marker to turn those eggs into these learning games. There are so many different ways to make this game fun for your child. You can practice uppercase and lowercase by drawing the letters on each side of the egg and matching them. Or, you can discover compound words by writing each half of the compound word on each end of the plastic Easter egg and see how many words you can create. Get some hands-on experience with word families by writing the endings on one half of the egg (e.g. "op") and writing the letter choices on the other half of the egg (e.g. "h", "p", or "m".) Twist the egg to create all the words in the family.
Even if the temperature is still a tad chilly, spring is most definitely in the air! Easter events are popping up all over, so hop aboard the Easter Express at Allaire State Park, fill up your baskets during an egg hunt at Oasis Family Farm and meet the Easter Bunny during a free event at historic Maywood Station. You can also celebrate the annual Holi Hai Indian Festival of Colors on the Jersey City waterfront, enjoy fantasy-themed activities at the Children’s Book Fair at the Monmouth County Library and learn all about space at Astro Day at the Morris Museum. For even more weekend fun, check out our Event Calendar.
My family has been raising children in New Jersey for generations. While the times, not to mention the landscape, have changed, NJ consistently ranks as one of the best states in the nation to raise kids. Growing up as a child in the '80s, I took advantage of my home state's great roller rinks, art classes and parks, and went to concerts, the Jersey shore and nearby NYC.
Now, as a parent, I appreciate so many more things about living here. From great schools to top-notch doctors and orthodontists, the Garden State has everything parents could ask for. Whether you're raising preschoolers or tweens, New Jersey has tons of attractions that will make your job easier and your family life richer.
Spring is here (in theory, anyway). Time to celebrate the new life that is (or soon will be) popping up all around us with an easy Easter craft. Whether you observe the holiday or not, turning some yellow wool into these chirping chicks is a simple and fun way to get you in the mood for spring. You can fill a whole nest in no time with these adorable little bundles of fuzz by following these easy steps.
If you're groaning over yet another snowstorm, here's one way to sweeten the pain. It's maple sugar season, so it's the perfect time to try this magically simple combination of snow, cream and a touch of maple syrup. Put out a bowl to catch the snow and have a sweet treat for dessert tonight. Snow ice cream is a simple, scrumptious way to enjoy the last bits of winter.
Easter is a few weeks away, but we’re still excited for the festivities and the warm weather. From train rides to photo shoots, the Bunny is making his way through the Garden State. And just as there are a million stories in the big city, there are a million Easter Egg Hunts in NJ. But we’re here to bring you the best of the best, so Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!
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